The Snowman

Perhaps appropriate considering the wintry Scandinavian backdrop, The Snowman remains emotionally chilly. Yet that aloofness only serves to further muddle a lurid thriller that’s clearly riding the noir coattails of the English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, except this wannabe becomes lost in translation. Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is an Oslo detective […]


The Millennial Falcon: What Wright Gets About Music that Chazelle Gets Wrong

In the climactic concert performance capping Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH in which Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) furiously  hammers out a drum solo to “Caravan”.  Chazelle haphazardly intercuts close ups and split screens that neither correlate to the correct pieces of the kit nor convey the feverish intensity of John Wasson’s arrangement of the jazz standard.  The […]